The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has appointed Senior Indian Police Service (IPS) officer Anup Kumar Singh as the new Director-General of National Security Guard (NSG), also known as ‘black cats commando’ force.
- He is a 1985-batch Gujarat cadre IPS officer. His appointment will be from the date of joining post and up to 30 September 2020 or till further orders, whichever is earlier. The NSG Chief post was lying vacant for more than two months after the retirement of Sudeep Lakhtakia, a 1984-batch IPS officer of Telangana cadre.
- It was raised in 1984 following Operation Blue Star, assassination of Indira Gandhi and Akshardham Temple attack.It is a federal contingency force to counter terrorists and hijack-like incidents with a view to protect states against internal disturbances. This counter-terrorism unit is under Union Ministry of Home Affairs.
- NSG commandos are based in five hubs across country, apart from their main garrison in Manesar, Gurgaon. They also render personal security to some of most high-profile VVIPs such as Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and some chief ministers.